NCC nurse and subspecialty certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for a five-year period through March 31, 2025.  The Care of the Extremely Low Birth Weight (ELBW) certification is accredited by NCCA for a five-year period through April 30, 2026. The Obstetric and Neonatal Quality and Safety certification is accredited by NCCA for a five-year period through November 30, 2026.

NCC nurse practitioner certification programs are accredited by both the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) for a five-year period through October 1, 2026, and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for a five-year period through March 31, 2025.

All NCC accredited certifications are MAGNET APPROVED

NCC is committed to promoting quality health care to women, neonates and their families by providing credentialing, recognition and educational programs for nurses and other health professionals. 

NCC Achieves NCCA Accreditation Renewal

Chicago, IL – March, 2020 – The National Certification Corporation (NCC) is pleased to announce that the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has renewed NCC’s accreditation for a 5-year period, through March 31, 2025.

NCC is a not for profit organization that maintains national certification and credentialing programs for nurses, physicians and other licensed health care professionals in the obstetric, gynecologic and neonatal specialties. More than 175,000 licensed health care professionals have been awarded prestigious NCC credentials since its inception in 1975. NCC was first accredited in 1997 and has since maintained continuous accreditation for its certification and credentialing programs.

Accreditation provides impartial, third-party validation that the accredited program has met recognized national credentialing industry standards for development, implementation, and maintenance.

NCCA was created in 1987 by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of certification and credentialing programs that assess professional competence. Certification and credentialing programs that receive NCCA Accreditation demonstrate compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.

NCCA uses a peer review process to: establish accreditation standards; evaluate compliance with the standards; recognize programs which demonstrate compliance; and serve as a resource on quality certification. The standards address all facets of the program activities from governance, development, interaction with stakeholders, psychometric integrity of the certification process to certification maintenance efforts.

NCCA accredited programs certify individuals in a wide range of professions and occupations including nurses, automotive professionals, respiratory therapists, counselors, emergency technicians, crane operators and more. To date, NCCA has accredited over 300 programs from more than 120 organizations.

ABSNC Grants Accreditation to the National Certification Corporation 

Mt Laurel, NJ, July 13, 2021 — The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC), is pleased to announce the National Certification Corporation (NCC) has been granted reaccreditation for their Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) and Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) certification programs.

ABSNC accreditation is a peer-reviewed mechanism that allows nursing certifying organizations to obtain program accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards in the industry. To maintain accreditation, programs must exhibit continuing adherence to the 18 standards set forth. “ABSNC Accreditation represents a recognized standard in certification testing and indicates that the credential meets or exceed legal and regulatory guidelines,” said Felicia Lembesis, CAE, Executive Director.

“The National Certification Corporation is pleased to receive accreditation by ABSNC for our Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner specialties.  National accreditation is the ‘gold standard’ for those who provide certification to healthcare professionals and demonstrates a huge commitment by certification organizations.  Certification by healthcare professionals demonstrates a commitment to ongoing knowledge competency in their specialty throughout their careers. With the complexity of the healthcare system, certification with ongoing maintenance improves the quality and outcomes of the care provided. NCC is proud to be accredited by ABSNC and is proud of those who are committed to ongoing certification,” stated NCC Chief Executive Officer Robin Bissinger, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN.

The mission of ABSNC is to recognize quality specialty nursing and associated non-RN certification programs through accreditation. It is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification. ABSNC currently accredits more than 60 certification programs from 20 specialty nursing certification organizations. The accreditation standards offered by ABSNC include Examination-Based Certification Programs, Portfolio Assessment Certification Programs, and Assessment-Based Certificate Programs. For more information about ABSNC and its accreditation standards, please visit or contact Felicia Lembesis, ABSNC Executive Director, (, 856-439-9080).

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